We are finally at Day One of our cruise. We got everyone assembled in the lobby of the hotel and checked that everyone’s luggage was properly tagged and on the luggage trolleys. After collecting some that were still in their rooms, we managed to get it all together.
The hotel had all the luggage put on the shuttle bus which could only hold 14 people. That meant there were 4 that had to go in another vehicle. The vehicle they sent for our seniors was a Suburban. I could barely get in it, let alone some of our passengers.
After getting everyone on the ship, through the security and check in, Rick and I delivered gifts to our passengers cabins to welcome them aboard. This was a little easier than I thought as the staterooms were still being cleaned so they were a surprise when our passengers finally got to their rooms.
Everyone was on their own after that. Whew!!! Of course our work is never done, so we were off to see the maitre d’ to make sure our group was sitting close together at dinner.
One of the nice things about cruising is that you can unpack, put things away, and not have to pack up again until the very end. We are on the ms Westerdam from Holland America and found the staterooms to be slightly different from other ships we’ve been on. A big one is that there is a minibar now which has taken the place of DRAWERS!!! What’s with that??? Anyway, we managed to find homes for everything and then we were off to dinner.
We are on the early sitting in the dining room which is a little too early for us, but it does give you lots of time to take in the other evening activities. We went to a “Game Show”, the Showtime extravaganza featuring the singers and dancers of the Westerdam, Charles & The HAL Cats in the Queen’s Lounge and of course, the “Disco” in the Northern Lights. Can’t miss that.
It was a busy day and I think it will be a very busy cruise for us. Time for a “Drink of the Day”…..
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